THEATRE PREVIEW: Caught in the Net in Southwick

Bob Ryder with Judith Berrill and Gill Medway. S11071H12.
Bob Ryder with Judith Berrill and Gill Medway. S11071H12.

A TWO-timing taxi driver’s farcical attempts to keep his double life a secret will feature in an upcoming performance of Caught in the Net.

Directed by John Garland, Wick Theatre Company’s latest production tells the story of two-timing taxi driver, John Smith, who revels in his dual-shift, double-wife lifestyle.

John is supported in his ruse by friend and lodger, Stanley. The only problem is, he now has a son and a daughter, one from each wife.

The teenagers have never met each other, nor do they know of each other’s existence, yet a crisis looms, courtesy of the internet.

Having found each other in an online chatroom, and discovering they have plenty in common, the brother and sister arrange to meet, leaving John and Stanley to pull out all the stops to prevent their encounter.

Written in 2001, this is the sequel to the Cooney classic, Run for Your Wife.

Set 18 years after the original, and being performed 18 years after Wick Theatre Company’s critically acclaimed production of Run for Your Wife, this production offers audiences the chance to catch up with John’s antics.

Bob Ryder will once again appear as John Smith, with Judith Berrill changing roles to a different wife.

Also appearing are Mark Best and “H” Reeves, as Stanley and Dad, respectively, Gill Medway and Ben Cassan.

Caught in the Net also features Young Wick member, Claire Harding, in her first major role in an adult Wick production.

Caught in the Net, by Ray Cooney, will be performed at The Barn theatre, in Southwick Street, Southwick, at 7.45pm, from Wednesday, March 28, to Saturday, March 31, inclusive.

Tickets, priced £10, are available by visiting www.wicktheatre.co.uk or calling the box office on 01273 597094.